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Celebrating ‘Viva Oliva’ at Vapiano, London

I was recently invited to try out a local Italian restaurant, Vapiano in London. Whilst they usually supply a range of exquisite pizza and pasta dishes, I would be visiting on the first day of ‘Viva Oliva’ (meaning ‘long live the olive’), a 15-day olive festival to focus on a range of meals and dishes featuring olives.

On first appearances, the restaurant has a vibrant, busy atmosphere with a constant flow of visitors. Whilst waiting for my friends, I counted at least twenty groups of customers in the space of five minutes. I couldn’t believe the footfall and was even more amazed that I had never heard of the restaurant despite this location being open for over four years. Don’t let the active environment put you off, there always seems to be space for customers with a relatively short turnaround and a shared seating layout. If you spot a space on an occupied table, feel free to help yourself to the space. Continue reading Celebrating ‘Viva Oliva’ at Vapiano, London

Chatime’ makes its European début in London

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Chatime, Soho, London

Chatime is a fantastic little place that has recently opened in Old Compton Street, London. Amid the buzz and spark of the capital and in particular Chinatown, comes a part of Taiwan, offering a delicious and vast menu of over 70, yes 7-0 options of bubble tea.

The name Chatime literally translates to ‘tea time’. Very appropriate, especially in the English capital city where we are so well known for our love of tea :-).

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Wong Kei’s Chinese restaurant, Chinatown, London

imageWong Kei’s (pronounced ‘Wonkie’s’) Chinese restaurant based on Wardour Street in London, is what you would describe as ‘an oldie but a goodie’. Whilst the restaurant has been open and visited by many in previous years, I have only discovered this place during my time living in London since late 2010. Continue reading Wong Kei’s Chinese restaurant, Chinatown, London